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An image of Gourd-shaped ewer by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Gourd-shaped ewer
Other titles:
Qingbai ware ewer of gourd form
Yingqing ware ewer of gourd form
Ewer of gourd form
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
14th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze

11.3 x 9.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Bodor Family 1999
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The ewer is in a gourd form with a curved tapering spout and a handle in the shape of a 'chi' dragon. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots, and covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-toned glaze. The advent of the Mongol Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to Southern Song traditions but did see the introduction of new decorative techniques both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled applique were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberant and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Bibliography (2)

John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, 42. plate no. 37

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 135 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century:

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012